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Chevrolet Volt  (Source: auto-car-news.com)

Nissan Leaf  (Source: japanesesportcars.com)
The Volt even surpassed the Nissan Leaf in October sales, but the Leaf is ahead for the year overall

General Motors Co. has announced October as the best-ever sales month for its extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, which has been struggling to beat 2011 sales targets as well as Nissan Leaf sales.

The extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle that has an EPA-rated electric range of 35 miles. It then switches to a gasoline engine. The 2011 Volt started at $41,000 and the 2012 base model price is set for $39,995. The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is all-electric with an EPA-rated 73 miles per charge. The 2011 base model sold for $32,780 while the 2012 is set for $35,200.

According to GM, it sold 1,108 Volts in October. This is a hefty increase from September, where GM only reported 723 Volt sales. This also brings GM closer to its 2011 sales goal, which is 10,000 Volts sold for the whole year. It also plans to export 6,000 Volts.

In addition, this is the first time the Volt outsold the Nissan Leaf since April, which only had 849 sales in October. The Nissan Leaf is still ahead overall for the year though, with 8,048 Leafs sold from January through October while GM has sold 5,003 Volts during the same period of time.

While October was looking good for GM's Volt, it still has a long, hard road ahead in order to meet its 2011 goals. According to The Detroit News, GM must sell 2,500 Volts per month for the last two months of 2011 in order to meet the 10,000 mark.

GM, however, remains confident that it can meet this goal. It said it has added 200 additional Volt dealers, totaling to 2,200 nationwide in 27 states. By the end of 2011, GM hopes to have 2,400 dealers in all 50 states.

"I'm going to keep pushing," said Don Johnson, GM vice president for sales.

Nissan predicts that it will meet 10,000 Leaf sales in the U.S. by the first week of 2012.

Source: The Detroit News



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RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Dr of crap on 11/2/2011 12:49:31 PM , Rating: 1
A GREAT car? Really?

My mind is not boggled, but is troubled that you would even think this is a success story.

The fact is the number of sold cars, both Volt and Leaf, are not impressive at all. And it proves that the market for these is very small. Diesel, CNG, fuel cell, and ICE improvements are WAY better than battery power.

And don't start spewing about not using foreign oil with these cars. Over half of our oil comes from the western hemisphere. That's right Canada and Mexico. And where to you think the electricy comes from? It aint a gift from the gods. It's from coal and natural gas mostly.


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Spuke on 11/2/2011 1:58:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And don't start spewing about not using foreign oil with these cars. Over half of our oil comes from the western hemisphere.
They don't believe that because the people on TV say otherwise and they must be important because they're on TV. Right?


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Keeir on 11/2/2011 2:57:20 PM , Rating: 3
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fuel cell


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CNG


HAHAHAHAH. thats just stupid. Both of those are dead ends. The CNG from a consumer standpoint. Fuel Cell because it just another way to use NG or Electricity thats worse than either.

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And it proves that the market for these is very small.


Errr... what part of Supply Limited is hard to understand? Both the Leaf and the Volt have waiting lists unfilled.

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And don't start spewing about not using foreign oil with these cars. Over half of our oil comes from the western hemisphere.


Keep in mind that for transportation 65% is imported. So 1/2 of that is still 30%! Oh, and the Western Hemisphere also includes Venezula. Great country there. Even if 100% came from Canada, its STILL not great for our country. Not when we could use Coal and Natural Gas sourced from the US. Or better yet, pay for the construction jobs and engineering jobs required to build and operate Nuclear Plants, with a tiny silver going to buy Uranium/Thorium/etc.


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Dr of crap on 11/2/2011 3:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
HAHAHAHAHA,
And just because you like EV doesn't make them the winner.

This debate is like religion, politics, and global warming.
It's butting your head against the wall trying to change to other's view.

So you like and think the Volt will succeed.
I don't mind the Volt's look, but I do not see it as a success.

Maybe they're building them to sell the other more profitable cars the have! Because if all they had was the Volt, this company would be in trouble in no time and be asking for a govt handout.


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Keeir on 11/2/2011 4:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
When did I say electric was the winner?

There are alot of technologies that will let you get from point A to point B, including feet.

The Gasoline Powered ICE in the form of a 4 Door Car is the obvious current "winner" in the United States.

CNG... not an alternative apparently. Its been on the market for years and there has been little to no consumer response outside of fleet sales.

HFC... not on the market.

P. Hybrid... less than 5% of the market

Diesel... less than 1% of the market

S. Hybrid... 2 Models. Both less than 1 year old

Full Electric... 1 real model (leaf) + bunch of super limited models. Less than 1 year old

Its really premature to call a winner or to count out technologies that have been in the marketplace for less than 1 year.


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Dr of crap on 11/3/2011 8:56:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yet you say the Volt is a sucess???
Now I'm boggled!


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Keeir on 11/3/2011 2:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
When did I say that?

I said it

A. To Early to Tell.

B. What level is success? I hear everyone crow over Mini Cooper as successful, but the highest selling model of theirs sells only ~20,000 a year in the US.


RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By ianweck on 11/2/2011 5:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
Canada and Mexico are foreign.

And 100% of my electricity comes from renewable sources, no coal or NG involved. All people have to do in my area is sign up for it.


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